Transplant Coordinator I, RN – Liver Acquisition – Full Time 8 Hour Days (Exempt) (Union) – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Develops and maintains nursing practice standards of care for a specific transplant population. Serves as a liaison and provides consultation and education services to support standards of care. Identifies and resolves clinical issues relating to the transplant patient. Collaborates with staff, the patient, and his/her family concerning patient evaluation and discharge planning. Maintains appropriate documentation for transplant candidacy and post-transplant follow-up care. Coordinates communications with the outpatient transplant population such as transplant clinic visits, community referrals, telephone consultations, outpatient treatments, and subsequent hospital admissions. Develops and coordinates a system to organize the flow of patients from initial referral, through evaluation and education, to post-transplant follow-up and referral back to the community. Participates in collaborative, interdisciplinary research activities related to transplant patients or process improvement activities. Performs related responsibilities as required. This position may require rotating on call responsibilities as needed, including nights, weekends and holidays.

Essential Duties:

  • 1. Independent coordination of outpatient care of the transplant patient by: • Participate in clinic visits and analyze diagnostic tests • Monitor patient and family’s compliance with medical regimen • Review laboratory and other pertinent data, and initiate appropriate action including communication of findings with attending provider • Identify patient care problems and intervene as appropriate
  • 2. Coordinates donor procurement and recipient preparation by • Maintaining waiting list with UNOS • Maintaining communications with transplant team members about the donor and recipient status • Coordinating admission process and preoperative preparation
  • 3. Participates in the development of policies and procedures pertinent to the transplant program.
  • 4. Participates and develops appropriate educational programs, both formal and informal, for the end stage organ disease patient and family, the nursing staff and the medical staff.
  • 5. Serves as a resource person to all staff involved in the care of transplant patients and their families.
  • 6. Appropriately communicates to multidisciplinary team members all identified patient and family problems and assist with appropriate interventions as needed.
  • 7. Responsible for keeping abreast of regulatory Hospital, CMS, OPTN/UNOS policies, and ongoing clinical education in transplant and evidenced based research.
  • 8. Within their scope of practice independently facilitates the evaluation and listing process of the potential transplant patient. Works within the regulatory requirements of CMS and OPTN/UNOS.
  • 9. Maintains communication with referring physicians and insurance case managers. Supplies referring physicians and insurance case managers with necessary information and records. Provides education regarding the transplant evaluation, listing and organ allocation process in order to facilitate patient care.
  • 10. Database management: • Maintains UNOS waiting list • Completes required TIEDI forms • Maintains and manages internal departmental database • Collects and maintains data during of the transplant process as requested
  • 11. Oversees the assignments delegated to support staff, evaluates their performance of given assignments and provides direct supervision in their completion.
  • 12. Functions independently within clinical skills and established processes for patient flow.
  • 13. Works in collaboration with the multidisciplinary transplant team to provide care for the transplant patients across the continuum.
  • 14. Attends the department quality meetings and participates in the department QAPI activities.
  • 15. May be required to be on call 24 hours a day and will participate in a call rotation, which includes relaying information to physician staff and facilitate the ongoing care of the patient as well as handling organ offers.
  • 16. Adheres to all hospital policies including but not limited to attendance, punctuality and dress code
  • 17. Maintains a professional and positive attitude at all time in both patient and office settings
  • 18. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Req Bachelor’s degree Nursing BSN
  • Req 2 years Two years Transplant Coordination experience required and for: • Heart Transplant – two years of cardiology experience • Lung Transplant – two years of pulmonary experience • Liver Transplant – two years of abdominal transplant experience • Kidney / Pancreas Transplant – two years of abdominal transplant experience OR
  • Req 2 years 2 years Organ Procurement experience and 2 years critical care experience required
  • Req Must have excellent communication skills, including the ability to speak, read and write English proficiently.
  • Req Knowledge of medical procedures and conditions and ability to understand, follow and successfully perform duties, including whole blood collection, and apheresis procedures, in accordance with administrative and clinical policies, regulations and procedures.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Pref Master’s degree Nursing Master’s Degree in Nursing or in progress, strongly preferred * Master’s Degree in Nursing may be in lieu-of Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

Required Licenses/Certifications:

  • Req Registered Nurse – RN (CA Board of Registered Nursing) Active CA RN license
  • Req Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider from American Heart Association
  • Req Fire Life Safety Training (LA City) If no card upon hire, one must be obtained within 30 days of hire and maintained by renewal before expiration date. (Required within LA City only)

The annual base salary range for this position is $127,570.00 – $190,000.00. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

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